Almond Milk Tea Recipe
Almond Milk Tea
Milk tea has been popular all over many areas for quite a while now. Invented in Taiwan in the 80's, it soon spread to other countries and can be found in anything from coffee and tea shops to many Asian diners. There are different formats of Milk Teas to chose from: with or without boba (those black balls of tapioca), with or without crushed ice, and a wide range of different teas and flavors. I will be covering the tea that has crushed ice and tapioca pearls, but of course if you dislike either they are not needed.
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/3 Cup Almonds
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Tea, Any kind, steeped
- 4 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Tapicoa Balls, Dry, optional
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
There are many kinds of milk teas out there, and a lot of them can depend on the types of tea used. Oolong is popular with almond milk especially, but you can try Earl Grey, English Breakfast, or even Green tea. If you want a fruit infusion you can look into the many fruit teas or add fruit itself to the sugar mix involved.
Teavana is a wonderful tea store that has a many beautiful teas to work with. They have an amazing selection along with a place for people to leave comments so you know just what you are getting and aren't left guessing. If you are near a Teavana you should go into one directly to explore the hundreds of teas available.
Making Almond Milk
There are store bought almond milks that you can buy, but not everyone likes store prepared items so I will quickly explain how to prepare almond milk. This takes the first 3 ingredients on the list.
First, you add the almonds to the boiling water and let them boil for 3 minutes.
Next, you pour the almonds into a strainer and set them on a towel to dry for another 3 minutes.
After that, you rub the almonds between your fingers to take off the skins before putting the now clean almonds into a blender with two cups of water, blending until white and creamy.
Grab a bowl and fine strainer to now strain the mixture you have made to get all the gunk out.
You now have a bowl of almond milk!
Almond Milk Tea
- *Carefully drop 1/2 cup of your tapioca into 4 cups of boiling water, stirring so the balls do not stick to the pan. After 5 minutes, remove them from the heat and let stand until you are ready for them. *Note: If your tapioca pearls have different instructions, follow those instead.
- Mix together a cup of sugar and a cup of water in a hot pan in order to make yourself a simple syrup, thus making it easier for you to sweeten your drink. Make sure you only go until your sugar is dissolved - if you go any farther you are staring to make a caramel. Cool when finished: I recommend keeping this stuff around for any drinks over regular sugar.
- Mix your simple syrup and tapioca balls together to put at the bottom of your cup.
- Pour your previously prepared tea, almond milk, and some ice into your blender. How much ice you put in determines your consistency, a lot of people like it to be like a milk shake or frappuccino which takes a bunch of ice.
- Pour into your glass which already has the tapioca balls in it and you are done! You can add more simple syrup if it isn't sweet enough for you, or more tea if it is too sweet.
There are several good processes in here that I hope you learn from - blanching almonds and making almond milk, creating a simple syrup, and making a frappuccino type drink. Below I have a rough nutrition facts sheet for 16oz of drink, of course how much sugar you put into it always raises or lowers the amount of sugar and calories.
I hope your enjoy your Almond Milk Tea!
|Serving size: 16oz|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 69 g||23%|
|Sugar 20 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 12 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|